Chennai, December 24 (SocialNews.XYZ) The government of Tamil Nadu is developing a strategy to buy back plastic products and set up reverse vending machines in association with FMCG companies.
The chief minister on Thursday launched a campaign to make Tamil Nadu plastic-free and promote fabric bags in large quantities. The government is also in talks with a large company to build 1,000 toilets in the state from non-recyclable plastic waste.
To reduce the stress caused by overuse of plastic in the environment, the government is considering a strategy to improve Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for manufacturers.
The Chief Minister’s office has already requested all district administrations to have a discussion with companies in their respective districts in order to strategize regarding the plastics buyback plans and for the use of this material in the construction industry.
Sources from the Tamil Nadu Department of the Environment told IANS that Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages (HCCB) is in talks with the Tiruvallur District Administration for the use of building materials from plastic waste.
The company as part of its CSR initiative has already adopted eight villages in and around Nemam where the HCCB plant is located and has already obtained approval for the construction of a model toilet in Nemam in the district of Tiruvallur.
The HCCB has partnered with Ricron Panels, a company specializing in transforming plastic waste into environmentally friendly building materials.
The state’s Department of the Environment in a study found that on average, a person in the state uses and throws away one plastic bottle per day. This would lead to the installation of 5,000 to 6,000 reverse vending machines as is for the secure deposit of plastics.